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July 16, 2011
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Canon EOS 450D
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Jun 26, 2011, 3:34:56 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Simple Macro-Close up Tutorial by dukeofspade Simple Macro-Close up Tutorial by dukeofspade
Hi guys:wave:

I decided to make my first very simple macro/close up tutorial And this is made specially for beginners and who have at least a knowledge in photoshop :D

This is the "how i make my photos" as some of my Facebook friends requested it (already in my facebook):) I thank them and you for giving interest to my simple works.
And I hope this will answer also for those who are still asking me on how I did my winning photo in the Macro Contest [link]
Yes it may not be similar but you can read to the artist comment on that photo on how I did it :D

Just be creative and look around.Bring your camera anywhere take notice to the things that most people usually ignore it. :D

This was taken at the park:D

The "Before" photo was the original shot.NO edit except my name on it lol. If you have a shaky hands you can use tripod (this is hand-held).Make sure you don't disturb their business :D I used my cheap lens Canon 50mm f/1.8 in a manual mode set to the right exposure (this will depends on the light availability), manual focus and no flash.
I took several shoots in different angles.The key point is just play with the settings. This will help you learn and know your camera more. I was about 1-2 feet away from the subject.

Now for the After photo I use Photoshop CS3.
Choose the best photo you got (I prefer the sharpest/more detailed one)

The "After" photo was at least my good edited one.

:bulletblue: Nothing special. Crop to your liking (check the angle or composition).

:bulletblue: After you crop to your desired angel/composition, duplicate the your image. Choose Filter > Others>High Pass.

:bulletblue: Then a new window will appear, then play on the Radius. I recommend using 1-2.5 pixels (this will depend on how focus your subject is).Too much sharpness is not good.

:bulletblue: I press Ctrl + M for Curves. This will give some highlights and shadows to your image.

:bulletblue: For this image I used Hue (ctrl + U) to give some colors.You may also use Color Balance (ctrl + B).

:bulletblue: I also added a bokeh (this is mine)here just to make more pleasant scene :D.When adding any texture, erase the part on your main subject.

:bulletblue: You can use Burn or Curves to add details on the shadows.


That's it :D
Now can you feel "LOVE IS ON THE AIR? OR LOVE HURTS?

"I used Flies as my subject because it is challenging. You can start shooting with a more steady subjects like flowers,leaves, snails (it's slow moving) or any you like."

I hope this will help for those who always tried to have good macro/close up photograps :D Macro lens is not always an option :)

Happy shooting everyone :D

Please let me know what you think:D
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R3D777 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Great advice and amusing example - thanks :D
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D thanks and glad it helps :)
Aminebjd Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
GooD Work
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D thanks a lot :D
Kotryyyna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that is really useful :aww:
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D thanks and glad it helps :D
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